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City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

As well as Britain's most famous playwright William Shakespeare and the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford is great for a day on the River and then chilling out in the evening in one of the many chic restaurants and bars in the centre of town. Travel to all the Shakespearean Houses: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House, New Place, Nash's House, and Hall's Croft. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre where the Bard's plays are performed for the majority of the year. The Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, protected by a cursed tombstone. The Old 15th Century Grammar School where Shakespeare was educated. You also get to enjoy a lovely tour through the scenic Warwickshire countryside, visiting Wilmcote, the village where Mary Arden's House (Shakespeare's mother) can be found. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Visitor Information Centre, Near Avon Boating Stop 2 - Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Shakespeare Center Stop 3 - Market Square and American Fountain Stop 4 - Shakespeare’s New Place/Harvard House & Guild Chapel Stop 5 - Royal Avon and Royal Shakespeare Theater Stop 6 - Halls Croft, Holy Trinity Church and Shakespeare's Grave Stop 7 - Evesham Place Stop 8 - Alcester Road Stop 9 - Anne Hathaways Cottage Stop 10 - Mary Arden's Farm is closed until September 8th Stop 11 - Maybird Shopping Center

Alton Towers Resort: Entrance Ticket

2. Alton Towers Resort: Entrance Ticket

Discover the excitement of Alton Towers Resort with its variety of rides, attractions and entertainment for thrill-seekers, families and kids of all ages! See the Alton Towers Dungeon which was launched in 2019 and is a hilariously hideous journey through Staffordshire’s darkest history. Experience 7 world-class rollercoasters throughout the resort. Ride on the latest addition, "Wicker Man", that brings together wood and fire, as well as "Nemesis" with its iconic twists and turns, "Oblivion" with its sheer vertical drop, and "The Smiler" with its world-record 14 inversions. For those with little ones in tow, explore "CBeebies Land", which is the perfect place to meet some of your favourite CBeebies friends including the Teletubbies, Peter Rabbit, and Postman Pat. Families can also discover Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE, learn to drive at Cuckoo Cars Driving School, catch the Runaway Mine Train, or enjoy the spins and thrills on Spinball Whizzer!

From London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

3. From London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

Follow in the footsteps of Oxford’s famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. Take in the famous ‘city of dreaming spires’ and see the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest libraries in Europe – on your visit. You’ll be captivated by the unspoiled narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Enjoy a walking tour and free time. A market town with a difference, Stratford-upon-Avon is the famous home of arguably the world's greatest writer, William Shakespeare. Delve into the charms of this bustling market town at your leisure. Drive through the Cotswolds, a charming blend of breathtaking natural beauty, bustling market towns and sleepy villages. Be part of Britain’s Greatest Medieval Experience. Deep in the heart of Warwick Castle, immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Enjoy a walking tour and explore this lovely town with its host of attractive buildings.

Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare Gin Distillery Tour & Taste

4. Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare Gin Distillery Tour & Taste

Join a guided tour around the charming Shakespeare Distillery, the only working distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon. Explore the distillery with your guide and see first-hand how gin is produced. Learn about how artisan gin is distilled, bottled, labelled, sealed, and distributed, all by hand and in small batches. Mingle with the workers who produce the gin and discover their care and passion for their craft. Finally, enjoy a tutored tasting session of three award-winning spirits followed by your choice of gin and tonic. At the end of the experience, receive 10% off at the gift shop, and a miniature gin for designated drivers.

London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath Day Trip

5. London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath Day Trip

Explore Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and the Roman Baths on this day trip from London. Have the option to pick a tour to just Stonehenge or to visit all three attractions on this bus tour. Board the bus at a centrally-located meeting point in London. Sit back relax on the drive to Windsor Castle. Uncover over 900 years of royal history in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames, just outside of London. Walk through the past residence of William the Conqueror and the current residence of the Queen. See monarchs have left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. Admire splendor of St. George's chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Continue to the city of Bath, another world heritage site. Drive through this Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces, and architecture. Following a panoramic tour of the city, visit Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, where the river Avon cascades over the dam. Have the option to shop, explore the area, take an afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the string quartet, or venture to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago on Britain's only natural hot water spring. Make your way to Stonehenge, the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. View this World Heritage site which stands alone in a vast, empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years. Since then, it has become a symbol of paganism, and spiritual worship. Unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

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The tour is excellent , with lots of interesting information on Shakespeare and his times. Stratford is a really lovely town. I did the tour twice , using the second time to hop off at the Shakespeare houses. The buses were only every hour on 14/15 Sept but it was easy enough to time them and fill the gaps.

Leon and Lamar (tour guide and driver) were great. They made the experience even better. Would 100% recommend the tour. It’s a long day and covers a lot, but if you’re comfortable walking a lot and sitting in the coach for the drives, take this tour.

This was one of our favourite activities in Stratford on Avon and a great way to get to know where everything was at the start of our time there. The audio was really good and very informative. Would certainly recommend.

Very informative talk and enjoyable tasting. We would recommend it to anyone with a liking for gin or rum and will consider returning to do another of the experiences.

Most interesting and informative Really enjoyed the excursion in the sunshine